British Airways is reportedly prepared to cut its codeshare flights with Qantas in the wake of Qantas dissolving the airlines' joint venture in favour of a new alliance with Emirates.
A report in today's The Australian Financial Review suggests that BA has told Qantas "it would not reinstate the code-share agreement between the two airlines for connecting flights from Asia to London" after the BA-Qantas joint venture closes on March 31.
"While commercial discussions between the two airlines are understood to be continuing, and it is not yet clear if British Airways will continue to place its BA code on Qantas services from Asia to Australia" writes AFR aviation journalist Andrew Cleary, "one source said the UK airline was 'furious' about the way the Australian carrier had handled the announcement of the Emirates deal."
However, we should point out an error in the AFR article's statement that "if the dispute is not resolved, the Australian airline’s “QF” code will not appear on the BA flights and passengers may not be able to accrue frequent flyer points on those sectors" – Qantas points would still be earned on BA flights due to both airlines being members of the oneworld alliance.
Responding to the claims, a BA spokesman commented that "We are currently transitioning our relationship with Qantas and it’s nonsense to suggest that we are cancelling all our codeshares."
In a statement issued to the media later today, Qantas assured travellers that they "will still be able to travel with Qantas from Australia to Singapore, Bangkok or Hong Kong, and then on to London with British Airways, under the oneworld banner."
A spokesman for the airline added that “Qantas and British Airways still have a strong, amicable relationship. Our joint venture agreement is ending but we will still be working together on a number of routes and via oneworld”.
For the full report, visit The Australian Financial Review
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